Letter written by Calvin J. Parker to his mother, Caroline Parker, and sister, Marietta Parker, dated September 15, 1862. This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt. Help us improve our transcriptions! If you see an error, email us at email@example.com .
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Joseph Watson (ed.) Shawn O'Neil Todd Sturtevant
Camp Chase Sept 15
Dear Dear Sister Don’t scold for this is the first minute that I have had to myself since we came to camp Chase. When we first came to Washington we camped on Capitol Hill about 1 mile east of the Capitol. That was a pleasant place to camp - but out Brigade had orders to march - it rained harder than you saw it in York State we had to march about 11 miles in the rain with our napsacks [sic] on our backs besides of that we had Fifles cartridges boxes with 40 rounds in it. The whole of our equipments weighs 80 lbs I was one of the rear guards to guard The wagons so part of the time we had to go on double quick after wee [sic] got to Camp chase I hd [sic] to stand all night in the rain then was the times that my Ruber [sic] coat comes in play The boys offered $12 for it but it was worth that to me that night so I am agoing [sic] to keep it
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we are in sight of the Sesesh [sic] camp our pickets in a Con. [sic] regt captured a Rebel spy he had a map of the whole camps around Washington but they did not do the Rebels much good he had letter to General Lee stating that whare [sic] we are. was the weakest point around Washington. now we ar 150.000 strong at this weak point. I Shall have the pleasure of seeing that spy shot. but enough about the the spy, Most camp life is the life for me it agrees with me for I was had as good health in my life I am geting [sic] as fat as a Pig. Dear sister are you getting [sic] better I felt badly that I did not See you again but I could not get away from camp has mother gone yet tell her when you write well and send her my love Give my love to Carrie
Albert Higley was here Monday night and stayed with us he has got 9 bullets holes in his clothes and did not get a scratch he is a going to get transferred into our regt I hope he will. he told me when I rote [sic] to give you his best respects we are in Gen. Cacys [sic] Divission [sic] Gen Palls [sic] brigade Gen Cacy [sic] came to see us he says that our regt is the best Regt in the service. I think that is quite a compliment for Washington County dont [sic] you Dear sister I must bring my letter to a close. They have caled [sic] us out on Brigade drill you must= excuse my bad writing for I have not got my desk but the ground Good Bye write as soon as you get this turn over
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Calvin J Parker Washington D.C. 123 regt. N.Y. S.V